by Chris Foster
This article will feature players that are worth bartering or trading each week. One of the best things about fantasy football is making that perfect trade that sets you up for several wins down the road. Trading fantasy football players are no different than trying to trade stock on the actual stock market. The best way to execute that trade is to invest in a player when their stock is low, and dispose of players when their stock is high. The key element in this is recognizing what players tend to keep constant at their stock level and rack up on the ones who hold an above average stock level constantly. The opposite is also true; try to limit the players that you have who hold a below average stock level constantly. The trick is to flip these below average players when they perform well for a few weeks and collect the players who underperform their usual constant level over that same time. It’s easier than it sounds if you just follow the advice below.
Invest Low: (Players to invest in while their stock is lower)
Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers): Funny seeing him here. Yet, so far this season he has been pretty underwhelming. The last two weeks he has thrown the ball 40+ times, and I don’t see that trend stopping with the injury to Eddie Lacy. The Packers offense will lean on Rodgers more than ever. He has his full compliment of receivers and we should see his pedestrian numbers increase with a very friendly schedule approaching.
Matt Forte (New York Jets): His touches have shrunk every game. He was getting so many carries at the beginning of the year that it was only a matter of time before he broke down. Now the Jets have reversed that and he is not getting enough touches. With Geno Smith taking over at quarterback, the Jets are going to have to recommit to their ground game. His last 3 weeks have been a struggle, but 2 of his last 3 weeks were against the Seahawks and the Cardinals. Who wouldn’t struggle? The week in between was against Pittsburgh and he averaged over 4 yards per carry. The Jets schedule lightens up down the stretch and I think Forte will see an increase in his workload.
Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland Browns): There isn’t a better time to grab Crowell than now. The first 4 weeks of the season Crowell was one of the top 5 backs in the league. The last 2 weeks he has run for 38 yards. Yikes. Despite being 0-6, the Browns have been in every game this season which has allowed them to feed Crowell. Last week against a good Titans run defense they found themselves down 2 scores and relying on Duke Johnson Jr. Going forward, it is clear that the Browns want to give the ball to Crowell. If you are in the market for an RB2, Crowell isn’t a bad option.
Jordy Nelson (Green Bay Packers): Nelson has been a Top 10 receiver year in and year out. He has had 7+ targets in every game and had double-digit targets in all but 2 games. Last week he had only 68 yards and 38 yards the week before. Yet, if we believe that Aaron Rodgers is going to have a great second half of the season, then we should believe that Jordy Nelson is going to as well. He is ranked as the 19th receiver in most leagues right now, and I believe that he will finish the season as a WR1. Grab Nelson before the hot streak begins.
Jeremy Maclin (Kansas City): The last 5 weeks Maclin has fallen back into the curse of Cheif’s wide receivers. He hasn’t been able to the find end zone since week 1. Maclin has also had 7+ targets in every game this year except last week when he had 3 targets. Maclin has one of the easiest schedules in all of football remaining outside of a game with Denver in week 12. Maclin will finish the season as a strong WR2.
Delanie Walker (Tennessee Titans): Walker has proven to be one of the most consistent tight ends in the NFL until the last week. He only had 1 catch for 21 yards. Quarterback Marcus Mariota is playing his best football of the season and will likely only continue to improve. Now is the lowest you will be able to get Walker all year.
Dispose High: (Players to dispose of while their stock is higher)
Jay Ajayi (Miami Dolphins): Look at his numbers. What more can I say? He may not even be on your roster yet. He may still be on the waiver wire. If he is, go get him and flip him in a trade. Ajayi ran for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns. As a result of his last game, he will get more carries, but I don’t think he will have any type of consistency whatsoever. Coming into last week Ajayi averaged just 3.8 yards per carry. If you can move him now, do it. There will not be a better time.
Matt Jones (Washington Redskins): We mentioned to sell Matt Jones earlier in the year. Last weeks 100+ yard game was only the third in his career. He has struggled against good run defenses this year and he faces several of them down the stretch of the fantasy football season. After his week 9 bye, he will get Minnesota, Green Bay, Dallas, Arizona, Philadelphia, and then Carolina. That is from week 10 to week 15, likely when you are in your fantasy football playoffs. If I can move Jones now, I am!
Kenny Britt (Los Angeles Rams): Britt has been the model of consistency this season. He has had over 60 yards receiving in every game this year except one. I just can’t buy into the hype. I don’t think Britt finishes the season as consistent as he has been. Therefore, if I can grab him off the waiver wire and trade him I am going to do it.
Cole Beasley (Dallas Cowboys): People are in love with Cole Beasley right now. I think it is because they have seen that video on social media 1,000 times of him shaking Ladarius Gunter, the Green Bay corner right out of his shoes grabbing his second touchdown in the game Sunday. The truth of the matter is that Beasley and Dak do have a connection, but Dak has a new healthy toy coming back in week 9 in Dez Bryant (If Dak is even still the QB then). I know they didn’t mesh well early in the season but I think upon his return Beasley’s numbers take a hit. Which means right now is the best time to move him to get the most value.
Coby Fleener (New Orleans Saints): Fleener finished Sunday with 6 catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. As well as a rushing touchdown. He has looked better every week in a Saints uniform. Right? Maybe not. Here is my take. He likely won’t score again this year on a gimmicky run play. He also caught a 50 yard TD pass on Sunday that was actually intended for Willie Snead, not Coby Fleener. If he didn’t catch that ball, then 4 of his first 5 games this season he would have had under 30 yards receiving. Yikes! I still don’t think Drew Brees is comfortable with Fleener. Josh Hill also saw his first significant playing time of the season this past week and saw only 2 fewer targets than Fleener. I am trying to sell Fleener now before it bites me in the butt.
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